Book Blogger Insider Tag!

Book Blitz_-2Yay! Another book tag! I wasn’t actually tagged in this one but saw it posted on The Book Cover Girl’s blog and thought I should do it too.


Rules:

1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun! 🙂


Questions:

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Usually, it’s at my desk in my bedroom. Sometimes at work when I have a long break and nothing else to work on.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

It really depends. It’s so easy to write reviews for books that I didn’t like. I can just write on and on. It’s so much harder for books I absolutely adored. I honestly never do the book justice. It basically just me shouting at people to just read it and see. Not very helpful at all!

3. When did you start your book blog?

January 14th, 2016….I can’t believe it’s been 2 years!

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Posting a few times a week. Some weeks I’m full of energy and great ideas. I can just write, write, write. Other times I’m so bogged down with work and other commitments that I just don’t have the time or motivation. Also, my reading isn’t what it used to be. I’ve been going in and out of wanting to read. So, I don’t read as much and lack things to post. But either way, I’m so happy to have this blog. I’ve met some great people and connected with authors/books I don’t think I would have discovered otherwise.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Sharing my love of books with others! Also, discovering books that I don’t think I would have found before. Kat Ross has become one of my favourite authors but her books aren’t mainstream or well known. So…without blogging I probably would have never decided to give them a chance.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

I enjoy all of my blog posts, especially reviews that I had a difficult time writing because I’m so proud of myself for finishing them.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Tags for sure! I have a love/hate relationship with reviews. Sometimes I really like writing them, especially when the words are flowing and I have so much to say. I used to make mixtapes for books but just haven’t had the time lately. I really want to go back to making those sometime soon!

8. When do you typically write?

I usually write posts on a Sunday afternoon or after work during the week. It all depends on how much I have pre-scheduled and if a special post needs to go up.

9. Do you review every book you read?

No, I always review books I received from the publisher but that’s pretty much it. If I really felt strongly about a book that I purchased then I will write something about it. I do try to post stuff about all of the books I read on Twitter or Goodreads.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I usually write my reviews at my desk with a cup of coffee listening to a mix of rain or ocean waves. The sounds are so soothing and it makes blogging such an enjoyable and relaxing process.

11. How often do you post?

Hmmm….not as much as I used to or would like to. I try to post at least twice a week but sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Scheduling posts has seriously been a lifesaver!


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Book Titles Tag

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I recently saw this tag on Book Princess Blog and knew I had to do it. I love book covers and tags that involve them are so much fun! The tag was originally created by Rachel Reads and Books and Looks. Be sure to check them all out!


1. Title That’s the Story of Your Life

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2. Title That Describes Your Perfect Weekend

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3. Title of an Adventure That You Would Like to Go On

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I would have loved to be a detective during this time period. I’m obsessed with the Jack the Ripper case!

4. Title You Want to Name Your Child

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5. Title of Your Ideal Job

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Again, I would have loved to be a detective during the late 1800s/early 1900s. Of course, being female would have made that difficult but…

6. Title of a Place That You’d Like to Visit

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I’ve been to Skye but I want to go back. My heart aches for it. It’s just so beautiful and peaceful.

7. Title of Your Love Life

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8. Questions You Ask Yourself

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9. Title of a Kingdom You’d Like to Rule or Name

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Ravka has to be the fantasy world that has most captured my attention. I can’t get enough of it!

10. Title You’d Name Your Band

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11. What is Your Current Mood?

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12. What is Your Favourite Colour?

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This shade of blue is absolutely gorgeous!

13. How Do You Feel About 2018 So Far?

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14. Where Do You Want to Travel?

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Anywhere with a beach please!

15. What Are Your Summer Plans?

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I won’t be traveling this summer like I usually do…

16. What Are Your 2018 Goals?

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Currently Reading Book Tag

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I saw this tag posted on A Bookish Bi‘s blog and thought it would be fun to do! It was originally created by BookTuber Charly Reynhorse. Onto the tag….

1. How many books do you usually read at once?

I usually only read 1 book at a time but sometimes I’ll mix in a comic or poetry book to mix it up.

2. If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch to reading the other book?

It’s really all about how I’m feeling at the time. But I need to have finished a complete chapter in the book before I move on to something else. I can’t stop mid-way through a chapter. It drives me crazy!

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re part way through a book?

Nope, not unless I somehow misplace it while reading. Also, I read a lot on my Kindle so I don’t really have to worry about that!

4. Where do you keep the book you’re currently reading?

It’s usually on my bedside table because I do a lot of my reading at night before I go to bed.

5. What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

During the week, usually at night just before bedtime. On the weeks it’s usually when I wake up with a cup of coffee.

6. How long do you typically read for in one go?

Hmmm….maybe 30 minutes or a hour. It really depends on the book and how interested I am in reading it.

7. Do you read hard covers with the dust jacket on or off?

I take the dust jackets off because I’m afraid of damaging them.

8. Which position do you mainly use to read?

I usually read sitting up with a bunch of pillows around me…it’s so nice and cozy!

9. Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

No, not unless I’m traveling and then I really want it with me to help pass the time. I tried bringing a book to work with me to read during my break but I ended up catching up on grading instead.

10. How often do you update your progress in the book you’re currently reading on Goodreads?

All of the time! It’s too much honestly….but I just can’t stop myself!

11. Who would you like to tag?

I’m not going to tag anyone because I wasn’t actually tagged to do this. So….if you haven’t done this and would like to, consider yourself tagged! 🙂

The Bookish Naughty List Book Tag

Book Blitz_Time to confess all of my bookish sins! I saw this tag on Lila’s blog Lost In A Story and thought it looked fun. It was originally created by A Page of Jenniely. Let’s go…


Questions:

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it: Yup, guilt as charged! I have a few ARCs that have been sitting on my shelf for a year that I haven’t picked up and honestly probably won’t. In my defence, I never requested them. They just randomly arrived and they just aren’t for me. Maybe I should host a giveaway? Hmmm….

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley: Nope! I’m pretty good with staying above 80% on NetGalley.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did): My issue is usually remembering to cross-post reviews to Goodreads.

4. Folded down the page of a book: Yes *hangs head* I do it quite often if I’m out and about and can’t find something to act as a bookmark.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book: Not in a long, long time. I’m usually pretty good about keeping my books away from liquids while reading.

6. DNF a book this year: I’ve DNFed a few books this year. Why struggle through something when you could be reading something else that you know you’ll like? There’s just not enough time in the day.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it: No because I honestly don’t have money to spare on purchasing books I know I’ll never read.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework): All of the time! Why grade essays when I can read a book?

9. Skim read a book: This usually happens with books I am about to DNF or those that I should have given up on.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal: This year will be the first time that I won’t make my goal. It’s amazing how not reading for around 3 months can put you so far behind. I’m sad about it but there’s always next year!

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it: No, never. I get upset when I don’t get back books I’ve lent out and never want to be that person.

12. Broke a book buying ban: I’ve tried bans but they just never work. Sales on Amazon are always my downfall. A book for $1.99? Oh, yes please!

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about: It’s scary to see how many half written reviews I have sitting in my drafts folder. I start one, get stuck, move onto another and repeat.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading: Only when I’m studying Spanish. I highlight words I don’t know and then write the definition in the columns.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads: No, I’m pretty good for adding books that I’ve read. I like keeping track of the books I read, especially since it helps a lot with the blog.


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End of the Year Book Tag

Book Blitz_I wasn’t tagged but I miss doing tags. For me right now it’s all about baby steps back into blogging regularly. I saw this tag on Linda’s Little Library and it was originally created by Ariel Bisset. Ok….to the questions we go!


The Questions:

    • Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? Yes, sadly I started a bunch before taking my break due to work. I’m currently in the middle of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith and A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.
    • Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year? Nope! I honestly haven’t read anything this fall! Ok…that’s not true. I did finish The Lady of Royale Street by Thea de Salle (LOVED IT!).
    • Is there a new release you’re still waiting for? There have been a bunch but I’ve just had their release pass me by. Like I was beyond excited about The Language of Thorns because Leigh Bardugo is simply the greatest. Plus, who doesn’t want more from the Grisha series?!?! But sadly I still need to get my hand on it. *sigh* I have a feeling that I’m going to be buying a lot of books this holiday season.
    • What are three books you want to read before the end of the year? There are so, so many! I really want to get to The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco.
    • Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year? You never know! I’ve read some pretty amazing books this year that are pretty hard to top – The Rose & the Dagger, Cold Summer, Blood for Blood, The Dark Days Pact – but I’m more than happy to add another to my list!
    • Have you already started making reading plans for 2018? Hahaha nope! My main plan is to start reading again and to keep up with the blog. I need to somehow find a way to balance work, life and blogging. But I’m moving forward with positivity!

The Tags:

The Mystery Blogger Award

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A big thanks to Laura at The Book Corps for tagging me! Please be sure to check out her lovely blog. Also, thanks to Okotoenigma for creating this fun award.


The Rules: 

  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and link it to their blog
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate between 10 to 20 bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions
  • Share a link to your best/favourite post that you have written

3 Facts About Me:

1. I’ll be teaching a new subject this school year. For the past four years I have been teaching English to 7th and 9th grade students. Now, I’ll be teaching a class called Leadership Skills and Global Issues (LSGI), which is all about global events, Model United Nations, public speaking, research and essay writing. I’m beyond excited! 🙂

2. I’m obsessed with making book and character aesthetic boards on Pinterest. I love doing it and just can’t stop! I spend a ridiculous amount of time on that site.

3. I’m afraid of ice skating after having a pretty horrible accident when I was in grade 3. We used to skate at the local arena in PE class. A bunch of us had our arms linked together and one girl fell pulling me down with her. The back of her blade went straight into my knee and all I remember is being in tons of pain. Now, the closest I’ll get to the ice is sitting in the seats during a hockey game.


Laura’s Questions:

1. If you could time travel to only one period of history, which would it be?
This is such a difficult question! I love history and so many different time periods. Umm…maybe ancient Egypt? There are so many things that I’d love to know like how exactly did they build the pyramids? I could learn so much!

2. What is your favourite TV show/movie? 
Hmmmm….right now I’m obsessed with The X-Files, Law & Order and The Last Kingdom.

3. What is your favourite country/city you’ve traveled to? And if you haven’t traveled, what country/city have you always wanted to visit?
Without a doubt, Scotland has been my favourite country to visit. I lived in Edinburgh while attending university and I just fell in love with it. My heart still aches for it. I really want to go back sometime soon. Work and budgets just keep on getting in the way. 😦

4. What classic novel have you always wanted to read but haven’t/or DNF’d?
I’ve always wanted to read Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. The were quite successful when released in the 1800s, but have now been overshadowed by the books released by her older sisters.

5. Is there a book that you wish you had come up with instead of the original author?
There are so many! I really wish I could write like Jane Austen or Charlotte Brontë. Their books were absolutely brilliant, especially since 200 years on people are still reading them!


My Favourite Post:

I used to post Bookish Mixes on the blog and these were by far my favourite posts. They were so much fun to make! They were also really time consuming so I kind of stopped making them. But I do have so more on the way! Yay! 🙂


My Questions:

1. Which book has surprised you the most this year? Why?
2. When going on a trip, which item must you have with you? Why?
3. If you were writing a book, what would it be about?
4. Which diverse book are you most excited to read?
5. If you could change a book cover that you hate, what would you do to improve it?


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The “How I Choose My Books” Tag

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A big thank you to Destiny at Howling Libraries for tagging me! Please take the time to go check out her lovely blog or follow her on social media ♡


1. Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

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I wasn’t really a big fan of this book. The cover, with its space theme and ship, along with the synopsis had me thinking it was about one thing while it ended up being about something else. I wanted pirates and more time travel. Instead, it was love triangles, confusing plot twists and insta-love. Nope. Nope. Nope.

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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I randomly received this book in the mail from the publisher. I didn’t think much of it and tossed it aside. Just from the title, cover and the fact that it was for a middle grade audience made me turn my nose up at it. Months later I needed a quick read and decided to pick it up. And boy was I wrong about it! This book was heartbreaking, honest and beautiful.

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

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I discovered this book while browsing on Goodreads. It sounded absolutely magical and I loved the cover. I marked it as “want to read” and thought nothing of it. A few weeks later the author reached out and sent me a copy to review. I had only been blogging for a few months so this was very exciting.

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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My students kept pushing this book on me. Two years later and I finally picked it up. I’ve only recently started to read contemporary YA and every time I do I love it. I don’t even know why I resist it. This book was so cute!

5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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This book was all over a bunch of accounts I follow on Twitter. I’ve been wanting to branch out into more adult genres and had never read a book labeled as “erotica” before so I gave it a try. And wow! YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! *fans self* I’ve already downloaded the second book in the series it was so good.

6. Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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The cover reminds me of Xena! Honestly, that’s really why I decided to pick it up and luckily it was amazing! Magic, lots of action, political intrigue, romance…so many good things! I need to read the sequel ASAP!

7. What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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OK, so it really wasn’t a TV adaption, but Dan Jones hosted a fantastic historical documentary series about the Plantagenets and when I realized that he wrote a book about this fascinating dynasty I had to read it. The book, like the series, was fast paced, full of detail and totally brought the history to life. I totally recommend it if you are looking for a good non-fiction read!

8. Think of your all-time favorite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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I don’t even remember the first time I read this book. Maybe when I was in high school? I became fascinated with Jane Austen’s novels around that time after taking a classic literature class. I loved them all but Persuasion stuck with me. It’s unlike Austen’s other novels and its subject matter (second chances) really hit home. I’ve perhaps read it a dozen times now.


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